The Danger Of Toxic Cosmetics

The Danger Of Toxic Cosmetics
The Danger Of Toxic Cosmetics
You’ve cleaned up your diet, banned harsh cleaning products, and even traded your synthetic products for natural. You’re on the path to natural healing but there’s just one area left to tackle, your cosmetics.
 
Swapping your regular makeup products for natural versions can seem like the scariest step in your transition. When you find a mascara that gives your eyelashes volume, a lipstick that makes you look fabulous, and a foundation that makes your skin look 10 years younger, why would you give those things up?
 
Under current law, the FDA doesn’t require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments on their products. Harmful ingredients can be easily masked under confusing or misleading titles like “fragrance.”
 
If makeup is a part of your daily routine, it’s important to think about what you’re putting on your skin. Your pores absorb what you put on them!

 

Is It Natural?

  • The FDA and the USDA do not regulate the term organic as it applies to cosmetics, body care products or personal care products as they do food items. There’s no regulation unless the body care product carries the actual USDA Organic Seal. This is very confusing to consumers and allows body care companies to get away with “natural ” labeling.
  • There are not enough safety regulations on cosmetic care products. Many products you assume are safe might not actually be. People believe that because a beauty product is a certain name brand or expensive, it has the safest ingredients and that is not true! Manufacturers often use packaging and wording that can mislead you into thinking products are more natural than they really are!

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Some Chemicals In Your Cosmetics

Making sure you have natural based cosmetics is so important!
 

1. Phthalates

Are a group of chemicals that may be disruptive to the endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production. Such interference can lead to developmental, reproductive, and neurological damage. The effects of phthalates may be related to their ability to mimic human hormones.
A study by the University of Maryland reported that exposure to phthalates could cause reproductive abnormalities and decreased production of testosterone in males, as well as decreased male fertility. Other studies show a link between phthalates and premature delivery and endometriosis in women. Avoid products that list “fragrance” and choose ones that use plant oils and essence

2. Lead

We all know that lead is bad for us. We even stopped putting it in our paint, right? So why is it showing up in our foundation and lipsticks? Lead is a shown to be linked to miscarriages, reduction in fertility, and delay in the onset of puberty for females.
About seven years ago, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead in over half of the 33 brands of lipstick they tested. A more recent study by the FDA tested popular brands and found 400 that contained up to 7.19ppm of lead. It isn’t added as an ingredient, but rather makes its way in through contamination. Color additives are some of the most common sources.
Note: Buy makeup colored with fruit and other natural pigments.

3. Quaternium-15 and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

When some chemicals break down, they release harmful formaldehyde gas, classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Researchers and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The main risk is through inhalation.

Quaternium-15 is one of the more common ones, used in mascara, pressed powders, and eyeliners. In addition to potentially causing cancer, this ingredient can cause skin sensitivities and irritation. Choose products that use natural alternatives that perform similar functions such as essential oils, grapefruit seed extract, and
vitamin E.


4. Peg compounds

Polyethylene glycols, or PEGs, are petroleum-based compounds that are used to thicken, soften, and gelatinize cosmetics, making them a common ingredient in cream-based products. The main issue with PEGs is that they are often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane.

Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen, potentially harmful to the nervous system and human development. It is a possible human carcinogen that can remain in the environment for long periods of time without degrading.

The number next to PEG indicates how many units of ethylene glycol they comprise, such as PEG-4 or PEG-150. The lower the number, the more easily the product absorbs into your skin.


5. Butylated compounds (BHT, BHA)

This is another unhealthy ingredient that’s in our products so we can keep them on our shelves for a longer period of time. BHA and BHT are used as preservatives in dozens of products. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors, may cause skin allergies, and are linked to organ, developmental, and reproductive toxicity.

There’s evidence that suggests that BHT mimics estrogen, which can throw off hormonal function in both men and women. In accumulation, this could lead to serious health consequences! Avoid these ingredients, and turn to products with natural preservatives instead, like aspen bark extract and vitamin E.


6. Parabens

Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics. Parabens can mimic estrogen and have been detected in human breast cancer tissue. They also interfere with reproduction, the nervous system, and the immune system. Parabens have gained such a bad rep that some companies now use phenoxyethanol.

Japan recently banned phenoxyethanol in cosmetics, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put out a consumer alert warning that it can “depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea” in infants. Avoid both parabens and phenoxyethanol in your skincare!

Toxin Free Makeup

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Kara Stavish

Kara is a teacher, coach, online course instructor and the founder of Concepts Of Life & Wellness. She received a bachelors degree in psychology from Penn State University and not long after was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Autoimmune Disease in 2015. As she struggled to feel better, she began an intense search to find healing. After immersing herself into the learning process, she removed her medication and healed her body. From this experience, she now dedicates her life to helping others learn how to feel better and live a healthier life. Her enthusiasm for healing has helped so many people and continues to do so.

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